HerStory I: Got to Speak Up

The presented programme consists of four parts, bound by the concept of “HerStory”. Part one Got to Speak Up explores the films of a clear political stand-point that combine feminist awarness with raw, loud, and intentionally unpleasant style.

Montaža / Assembly

Directed by: Jenn Strom
Short synopsis:

Featuring a rhythmic soundscape and paint-on-glass animation, Assembly shows a woman’s hands cutting and editing a reel of film on a flatbed editing table as fragments of women walking in chains, protesting with placards, and speaking at podiums are inter-cut. We hear bursts of words and the percussive whir and click of the Steenbeck—until a “message” is finally revealed.

Strawberry Candy

Directed by: Nianze Li
Short synopsis:

This film tells a story about a little girl sexually assaulted by her grandpa. The protagonist is about 5 or 6 years old. She doesn't understand what her grandpa did, but she feels like it is a little strange… “She has an unspeakable secret but the memory is gradually fading. The little girl is no longer sure if it was a dream or reality.”

#upor_poljakinj / #sprzeciwpolek / #polish_women_resistance

Directed by: Kasia Adamkiewicz, Weronika Althamer, Marcin Arcimowicz, Julia Benedyktowicz, Ala Błaszczyńska, Klaudia Bochniak, Agnieszka Borowa, Magda Botor, Zofia Dąbrowska, Ula Domańska, Asia Dudek, Natalia Durszewicz, Mateusz Frank, Asia Jasińska, Bogna Kowalczyk, Natalia Krawczuk, Beata Krzempek, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, Marta Magnuska, Kasia Małyszko, Julia Marchowska, Marta Michalik, Weronika Michel, Piotr Milczarek, Maria Nitek, Karina Paciorkowska, Ala Palechowska, Nikodem Płaczek, Zuzia Puszkarz, Yelisaveta Pysmak, Szymon Ruczyński, Marcin Senderowicz, Kuba Siedlecki, Karolina Specht, Zuzanna Stach, Ola Szmida, Zuzanna Szor, Weronika Szyma, Sara Szymańska, Asia Trejter, Marcjanna Urbańska, Pola Włodarczyk, Paulina Ziółkowska, Izumi Yoshida, Bogusz Żelech, Kacha Bińko, Joanna Szlembarska, Maja Minic
Short synopsis:

An animated protest created by 49 animators in 48 hours as a response to the decision of the Constitutional Court about abortion ban in Poland.

“Moved and broken by the situation in our country, we, a group of female and male students from the Animation Department of Lodz Film School have decided to act. We strongly oppose the recent events in our country and it’s shameful that such a ruling has been pushed through especially during this extremely difficult pandemic. The Constitutional Court has issued a ruling that will end legal termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly. Many of us are afraid right now, this is why we want to express unity in a just cause. Instead of building more walls, we want to build something human. We hope to help tilt the balance. We encourage everyone from artistic circles and beyond to express objection, to act boldly despite the difficult time. Let’s be in this together.”

You Take Care Now

Directed by: Ann Marie Fleming
Short synopsis:

You Take Care Now, an early student film, is a perfect exemplar of Ann Marie Fleming's idiosyncratic vision and stands as one of her signature works. Made on 16mm, and incorporating found footage, original material, animation, and processed images, Fleming's film offers a visually dazzling, emotionally wrenching, oddly humorous account of two profound personal traumas.

Naj se telo razvija / Dejarse crecer el cuerpo / To Let the Body Grow

Directed by: Andrea Gudiño Sosa
Short synopsis:

Animated testimonies of people with different gender identities who relate their life experiences and create a single voice made of many voices.

Pretiravaš / Nie masz dystansu / You are overreacting

Directed by: Karina Paciorkowska
Short synopsis:

A hand-drawn animation that attempts to ask questions about the place of women in the modern reality. The film is (unfortunately) inspired by everyday life, statements of public figures, and the media.

Babice / Abuelas / Grandmothers

Directed by: Afarin Eghbal
Short synopsis:

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother.

Vprašaj po meni / Pregunta por mí / Ask for Me

Directed by: Begoña Vicario
Short synopsis:

Some people have to sell parts of their bodies to survive; others have them taken without their consent.

Mara Mattuschka / sixpackfilm

Kroglasta glava / Kugelkopf / Ball-Head

Directed by: Mara Mattuschka
Short synopsis:

In Kugelkopf, Mara Mattuschka subversively challenges the printing press and modern technology with her own body's power. Starting by shaving and slitting her head with a razor in sheer pleasure, she proceeds to make marks and patterns with the blood on a glass sheet. The staccato motion of the ritual duplicates the golfball sound of a typewriter. This self-empowering act satirises violence against women.

Mid Air

Directed by: Vera Neubauer
Short synopsis:

"Women, like the witches of old, learn to fly and use magical powers. With these new-found powers, they try to inflict “female suffering” onto men. This new understanding is seen as a vision, if not a key to the possibility of a different world." - Vera Neubauer

HerStory I: Got to Speak Up

The presented programme consists of four parts, bound by the concept of “HerStory”. Part one Got to Speak Up explores the films of a clear political stand-point that combine feminist awarness with raw, loud, and intentionally unpleasant style.

Montaža / Assembly

Directed by: Jenn Strom
Short synopsis:

Featuring a rhythmic soundscape and paint-on-glass animation, Assembly shows a woman’s hands cutting and editing a reel of film on a flatbed editing table as fragments of women walking in chains, protesting with placards, and speaking at podiums are inter-cut. We hear bursts of words and the percussive whir and click of the Steenbeck—until a “message” is finally revealed.

Strawberry Candy

Directed by: Nianze Li
Short synopsis:

This film tells a story about a little girl sexually assaulted by her grandpa. The protagonist is about 5 or 6 years old. She doesn't understand what her grandpa did, but she feels like it is a little strange… “She has an unspeakable secret but the memory is gradually fading. The little girl is no longer sure if it was a dream or reality.”

#upor_poljakinj / #sprzeciwpolek / #polish_women_resistance

Directed by: Kasia Adamkiewicz, Weronika Althamer, Marcin Arcimowicz, Julia Benedyktowicz, Ala Błaszczyńska, Klaudia Bochniak, Agnieszka Borowa, Magda Botor, Zofia Dąbrowska, Ula Domańska, Asia Dudek, Natalia Durszewicz, Mateusz Frank, Asia Jasińska, Bogna Kowalczyk, Natalia Krawczuk, Beata Krzempek, Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi, Marta Magnuska, Kasia Małyszko, Julia Marchowska, Marta Michalik, Weronika Michel, Piotr Milczarek, Maria Nitek, Karina Paciorkowska, Ala Palechowska, Nikodem Płaczek, Zuzia Puszkarz, Yelisaveta Pysmak, Szymon Ruczyński, Marcin Senderowicz, Kuba Siedlecki, Karolina Specht, Zuzanna Stach, Ola Szmida, Zuzanna Szor, Weronika Szyma, Sara Szymańska, Asia Trejter, Marcjanna Urbańska, Pola Włodarczyk, Paulina Ziółkowska, Izumi Yoshida, Bogusz Żelech, Kacha Bińko, Joanna Szlembarska, Maja Minic
Short synopsis:

An animated protest created by 49 animators in 48 hours as a response to the decision of the Constitutional Court about abortion ban in Poland.

“Moved and broken by the situation in our country, we, a group of female and male students from the Animation Department of Lodz Film School have decided to act. We strongly oppose the recent events in our country and it’s shameful that such a ruling has been pushed through especially during this extremely difficult pandemic. The Constitutional Court has issued a ruling that will end legal termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly. Many of us are afraid right now, this is why we want to express unity in a just cause. Instead of building more walls, we want to build something human. We hope to help tilt the balance. We encourage everyone from artistic circles and beyond to express objection, to act boldly despite the difficult time. Let’s be in this together.”

You Take Care Now

Directed by: Ann Marie Fleming
Short synopsis:

You Take Care Now, an early student film, is a perfect exemplar of Ann Marie Fleming's idiosyncratic vision and stands as one of her signature works. Made on 16mm, and incorporating found footage, original material, animation, and processed images, Fleming's film offers a visually dazzling, emotionally wrenching, oddly humorous account of two profound personal traumas.

Short synopsis:

Animated testimonies of people with different gender identities who relate their life experiences and create a single voice made of many voices.

Short synopsis:

A hand-drawn animation that attempts to ask questions about the place of women in the modern reality. The film is (unfortunately) inspired by everyday life, statements of public figures, and the media.

Babice / Abuelas / Grandmothers

Directed by: Afarin Eghbal
Short synopsis:

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother.

Short synopsis:

Some people have to sell parts of their bodies to survive; others have them taken without their consent.

Kroglasta glava / Kugelkopf / Ball-Head

Mara Mattuschka / sixpackfilm
Directed by: Mara Mattuschka
Short synopsis:

In Kugelkopf, Mara Mattuschka subversively challenges the printing press and modern technology with her own body's power. Starting by shaving and slitting her head with a razor in sheer pleasure, she proceeds to make marks and patterns with the blood on a glass sheet. The staccato motion of the ritual duplicates the golfball sound of a typewriter. This self-empowering act satirises violence against women.

Mid Air

Directed by: Vera Neubauer
Short synopsis:

"Women, like the witches of old, learn to fly and use magical powers. With these new-found powers, they try to inflict “female suffering” onto men. This new understanding is seen as a vision, if not a key to the possibility of a different world." - Vera Neubauer